1996 San Diego Chargers season

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1996 San Diego Chargers season
Head coachBobby Ross
General managerBobby Beathard
OwnerAlex Spanos
Home fieldJack Murphy Stadium
Results
Record8–8
Division place3rd AFC West
Playoff finishdid not qualify
Pro BowlersWR Tony Martin
LB Junior Seau

The 1996 San Diego Chargers season was the franchise’s 37th, its 27th in the National Football League (NFL), and its 34th in San Diego.

The season began with the team trying to improve on their 9–7 record in 1995. It was Bobby Ross's final season as the team's head coach, as he would take the Detroit Lions' head coaching job the following year. The Chargers fell back by one game and missed the playoffs by that margin.

Offseaon[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

1996 San Diego Chargers draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
2 41 Bryan Still  Wide receiver Virginia Tech
2 50 Patrick Sapp  Linebacker Clemson
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1996 San Diego Chargers staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches
  • Defensive Coordinator – Dave Adolph
  • Defensive Line – Brian Baker
  • Linebackers – Dale Lindsey
  • Secondary – Greg Brown
  • Defense and Special Teams Assistant – Dennis Murphy

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – John Dunn
  • Strength and Conditioning Assistant – John Hastings

Roster[edit]

1996 San Diego Chargers final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad



Rookies in italics
Active, Inactive, Practice squad

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 1, 1996 Seattle Seahawks W 29–7
58,780
2 September 8, 1996 Cincinnati Bengals W 27–14
55,880
3 September 15, 1996 at Green Bay Packers L 42–10
60,584
4 September 22, 1996 at Oakland Raiders W 40–34
49,097
5 September 29, 1996 Kansas City Chiefs W 22–19
59,384
6 October 6, 1996 at Denver Broncos L 28–17
75,058
7 Bye
8 October 21, 1996 Oakland Raiders L 23–14
62,530
9 October 27, 1996 at Seattle Seahawks L 32–13
38,143
10 November 4, 1996 at Indianapolis Colts W 26–19
58,484
11 November 11, 1996 Detroit Lions W 27–21
60,425
12 November 17, 1996 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 25–17
57,526
13 November 24, 1996 at Kansas City Chiefs W 28–14
69,472
14 December 1, 1996 New England Patriots L 45–7
59,209
15 December 8, 1996 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 16–3
56,368
16 December 14, 1996 at Chicago Bears L 27–14
49,763
17 December 22, 1996 Denver Broncos W 16–10
46,801

Standings[edit]

AFC West
W L T PCT PF PA STK
(1) Denver Broncos 13 3 0 .813 391 275 L1
Kansas City Chiefs 9 7 0 .563 297 300 L3
San Diego Chargers 8 8 0 .500 310 376 W1
Oakland Raiders 7 9 0 .438 340 293 L2
Seattle Seahawks 7 9 0 .438 317 376 W1

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